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March 17, 2011

New Features Added

The updated main page now includes a local time calculator ( thanks to Google and the GeoCoder) and a graphic display of the local hour according to the Taoist 12 2 hour segments that make up the 24 hour daily cycle.

The displayed hour will be correct for your location when you enter your Country and City.
If you have a postal code entering that will often correct the calculation by a few seconds.

Local Sun Time will be 12:00 noon at your location when the sun is actually crossing your local meridian ( ie, true local noon).

In the Long Men Pai, Complete Reality tradition, the shen returns at the moment of the change of the two hour period. There are twelve of these moments each day. These will occur locally when your sun time is exactly on the odd hours. The 'living midnight' usually refers to the beginning of the hour of tzu, ( 11:00 pm). In stillness, the subtle return of the shen in one of it's many forms marks the 'huo tzu' or living hour of the eternal return.

To continually see the corrected time, you must refresh the display. ( F5 on a PC)

By observing the clock time (right under the time zone tool) when the sun time is exactly on the hour, you will see the exact difference so you will then know, for me, here at my location, the transit of the hourly meridian takes place at so many minutes and seconds before or after the hour. You may then notice in your meditation an event like a block of wood being struck, a gong, or other time marker. Glance gently at the clock. Was the calculation correct?

Posted by james at March 17, 2011 9:49 AM